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Boundary (2011)

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Transport, Communication Problems

By Tito Genova Valiente

Transport and communication problems—two issues that can, with tongue in cheek, render succinct a film called Boundary.

Benito Bautista’s film rides in a cab with a driver who is so morose you can feel the wayward morality in his eyes. In the taxi is a passenger whose values he displays shimmering like the parol, a Christmas lantern, he buys, we assume, for himself, but, later, gives to the taxi driver who is more surprised than thankful. Indeed, even in the spirit of Filipino Christmas it is not common for someone to buy something expensive and give it to someone who needs more the money than something symbolic.

The circumstances in the film are extraordinary. This is no issue, however, knowing how unpredictable and crazy the taxi drivers in this island are. The arbitrariness of choosing passengers, however, sets the tone of a tale that reeks of the scent of a demented destiny. Well, we like to believe we know where the taxi is going given the air inside, redolent of the Yuletide air and at the same time threatening to crush whatever love and joy are there in the clime outside.Read complete review